Friday, Sept. 21
Colorado at San Diego (10:05 p.m. EDT). Jake Peavy is set to start for the Padres.

STARS
Wednesday
- Scott Hairston, Padres, hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and San Diego rallied past Pittsburgh 5-3 to increase its NL wild-card lead.
- Ervin Santana, Angels, struck out 10 and Los Angeles beat Tampa Bay 2-1.
- Jim Thome and Jose Contreras, White Sox. Thome homered twice and Contreras threw a five-hitter, leading the White Sox past Kansas City 7-0.
- Edgar Renteria, Braves, had three hits, including a homer and Atlanta beat Florida 5-1.
- David Wright, Mets, drove in three runs, helping New York beat Washington 8-4.
- Alfonso Soriano, Cubs, homered and threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the eighth to lift Chicago past Cincinnati 3-2.
- Brad Hawpe, Rockies, hit a two-run homer in the eighth as Colorado rallied for the second straight night in a 6-5 win over Los Angeles.

COLLAPSE
The Boston Red Sox saw their AL East lead cut to 1 1/2 games - their smallest edge since late April - when the Toronto Blue Jays broke through against Clay Buchholz and Jonathan Papelbon for a 6-1 victory Wednesday night. The Red Sox have lost four in a row and five of six, allowing the New York Yankees to close in. The Yankees beat Baltimore 2-1.

STOPPED
New York beat Washington 8-4 on Wednesday to stop a five-game losing streak. ... Philadelphia's six-game win streak ended with a 2-1, 10-inning loss to St. Louis. ... Milwaukee lost 5-4 in 10 to Houston, ending the Brewers' four-game winning streak and dropping them out of first place in the NL Central.

SWEEP
Cleveland finished off a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 4-2 win on Wednesday that reduced the Indians' magic number for clinching the AL Central to three. The Indians improved to 20-5 since Aug. 25 and moved into a temporary tie with the Boston Red Sox for the majors' best record.

STREAKING
Seattle's Felix Hernandez won his third straight decision in the Mariners' 9-5 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. Seattle won its sixth straight in Oakland to finish 8-1 this season, and completed a sweep in the Bay Area for the first time since 2001. They won the season series 14-5 after a 2-17 showing against the A's in 2006. ... Chicago's Jose Contreras won his fourth straight decision, 7-0 over Kansas City.

FINALLY
Minnesota's Matt Garza won at home for the first time in his career, 4-2 over Texas on Wednesday. Garza's record at the Metrodome is 1-10 with a 5.91 ERA in 12 career starts.

SIDELINED
Cardinals pitcher Mark Mulder, who struggled in three September starts coming back from rotator cuff surgery, will undergo another operation that will end his already abbreviated season. Results of an MRI exam on Tuesday revealed only partial healing of the rotator cuff, while the labrum was completely healed, the team said in a release late Wednesday night. ... Ken Griffey Jr. had a lower abdominal strain in a 3-2 loss at Chicago.

SPEAKING
``We were joking about it before the game: Maybe we should wear our road uniforms.'' - Minnesota's Matt Garza after winning his first career game at home, 4-2 over Texas on Wednesday. Garza's record at the Metrodome is 1-10 with a 5.91 ERA in 12 career starts.

Sept. 21
1934 - Daffy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers for 3-0 victory in the second game of an Ebbets Field doubleheader. Daffy's brother Dizzy, held Brooklyn hitless until the eighth inning in the opener and won 13-0.
1964 - Manager Gene Mauch's first-place Phillies lost 1-0 to the Cincinnati Reds on Chico Ruiz's steal of home in the sixth inning. It was Philadelphia's first of 10 straight losses, a streak that cost it the NL pennant.
1970 - Oakland's Vida Blue pitched a no-hitter in his eighth major league start, beating Minnesota 6-0.
1981 - Steve Carlton struck out Andre Dawson in the third inning for the pitcher's 3,118th career strikeout, the most in the NL. But the Phillies lost to Montreal 1-0 in 17 innings.
1986 - No. 1 draft pick Jimmy Jones pitched a one-hitter in his major league debut, leading the San Diego Padres to a 5-0 victory against the Houston Astros. Jones allowed a triple in the third to opposing pitcher Bob Knepper.
1995 - Colorado's John Vander Wal set a major league record with his 26th pinch-hit of the season with a home run in the seventh inning against San Francisco.
2000 - Colorado's Jeff Cirillo doubled twice in a 13-4 win over San Diego, giving him 51 doubles for the year. Cirillo and Todd Helton (57) became the seventh pair of teammates in major league history to reach 50 doubles in the same season.
2001 - Albert Pujols hit a grand slam and doubled in a run in St. Louis' 9-5 win over Pittsburgh. The slam gave him the major league record for extra base hits by a rookie (83), one more than Johnny Frederick's total for Brooklyn in 1929.
2003 - Greg Maddux became the first pitcher in major league history to win at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons, leading Atlanta over Florida 8-0. Maddux (15-11) had shared the record with Cy Young. Maddux pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit in his 288th career victory.
2006 - David Ortiz hit his 51st and 52nd homers, breaking the Red Sox record for most homers in a season of 50 set in 1938 by Jimmie Foxx. The homers also set the major league record by a designated hitter at 45, two more than he hit when he set the record last season.
Today's birthdays: Joaquin Arias 23; Brian Tallet 30; Doug Davis 32; Scott Spiezio 35.

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